By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Whitley County’s first game of the season didn’t have the outcome coach Jim Black wanted — a 49-20 loss to Russell County.
But with a week to work on things, Black hopes his team's fortunes can change Friday at home against Rockcastle County.
“We’re working on things right now,” he said. “Rockcastle County is a good, hard-nosed team that we’ve got to be ready for. I know they still like to run the ball, so we’ve got to be ready for that.”
The Colonels (0-1) had trouble stopping Russell County’s run attack last week, allowing 230 yards along with some big-play runs from tailback Nick Britt.
“This should be a very good game,” Black said. “Hopefully, we have learned from some of the mistakes we made from last week. I know we’ve got to come out and show up in the first half.”
Black said the most important aspect for his team is to find a way to score.
“We’ve got to try and find a way to score points, instead of just having field goals,” he said. “We’ve got to move the ball down field and get into the endzone.
“My main concerns coming into the game are special teams and getting off to a good start,” Black added. “Special teams are a big concern.”
Black said his players haven’t got down on themselves after the 29-point loss to the Lakers and they seem to be ready for the challenge the Rockets will bring to Colonel Stadium Friday.
“I think it is key to get a win Friday,” he said. “That’s the big thing. Hopefully we will have another big crowd like we had last week. Rockcastle County has a good team, so we’ve got to come out ready to play.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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Williamsburg’s hopes of the school’s first-ever state title were washed away quickly Friday as Mayfield scored touchdowns on its first three plays, building a 35-0 first-quarter lead.
Corbin wins, South Laurel falls in Big Red Shootout
In the first game of the Big Red Shootout at Clay County High School, the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Letcher Central Cougars 66-50. Corbin found themselves down two points at halftime, but was able to pull away for a big lead in the third quarter.
Friday night's opening game of the Cumberland Falls Invitational featured two 50th District teams, both looking for their first wins of the tournament.
The Corbin Lady Redhounds returned to action in their second round match of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament. Corbin entered the contest riding off an 86-point, hard-fought scoring effort in Wednesday's victory over Harlan.
There was really no question North Laurel would make short work of young Riverside Christian. The Jaguars picked up an 82-25 win Thursday with a running clock starting late in the first half.
Lady Cards fall to Bell County, 64-40
When you sport a very young team, you can expect some growing pains early in the season. South Laurel is a very young team, but for 2 1/2 quarters they stayed right with heavily favored Bell County in the Cumberland Falls Invitational Thursday night.
On the Carpet
It's not been easy, but Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are one game away from capturing the football program's first-ever Class A state championship.
Leading the way
A little over 24 hours separates the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets from a showdown with the Mayfield Cardinals for the 2013 Class A State Championship, but it’s taken a lot longer for the program itself to reach this point.
Gilliam Gymnasium had a tournament-like atmosphere Tuesday night as the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Jackson County Generals, 75-73, in the opening game of the season for both teams.
Yes you, May
The Lynn Camp Lady Wildcats are coming off their best season in program history, and things got even better Tuesday, as Richard Jones' squad won its season-opener over visiting, Burgin, 54-41.
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